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Bowier: Barclay-Tubman Transition Parallels Sirleaf-Weah

first_imgRev. J. Emmanuel Bowier: “Though he may not be a public speaker, I observe that Weah is decisive and can make decisions that he stands by.  So no one must take him … for granted.”Former Information Minister, Emmanuel Bowier, has said that  the current transition from President Sirleaf to George Weah, bears close parallels to that of President Edwin James Barclay’s transition to William V.S. Tubman in 1944.Bowier who is widely known for his riveting orations of Liberian history and who worked in the administration of Samuel Kanyon Doe, told journalists last week that there are unfolding events that parallel the two transitions, and that more will unfold as the new government moves on.Pointing out similarities between the two transitions, the former Information Minister, who is also a clergyman, noted that as President Sirleaf stated on the fringes of the United Nations summit last year that it was about time to turn power over to the younger generation, so did Barclay with Tubman who was younger than he.Bowier said at that time, Tubman was not considered presidential material because he lacked a college education, had only completed the 8th grade but who studied law, succeeded in becoming a Senator for Maryland, Associate Justice and a “practicing lawyer in his own right.”Similarly, he noted that Weah has over the time been heavily criticized for not being  presidential material but a mere footballer.“Tubman was a popular man who people accused of being a womanizer and one that loved the good times.  This is the same way Weah is popular and branded here today,” Rev. Bowier added.Besides Weah’s football career that made him popular in Liberia and in the world, he was elected in 2014 as Senator of Montserrado County, where he served up to his election as President of Liberia, a position Tubman similarly occupied including other positions in government.Though the turnover from Barclay to Tubman was smooth and hitch free, the relationship could not hold as time progressed in the administration of William V.S. Tubman.According to Rev. Bowier, Barclay being an older person and a well seasoned politician thought he could sit in the background to control Tubman in running the government.“But this was not the case.  There was a time Barclay went to Tubman to tell him what to do as was the usual case, but Tubman at that time refused his instruction and said Barclay should give him a chance to do what he (Barclay) could not do,” Bowier narrated.An instance he considered to be a repeat of history was the failure of lawmakers to pass the 22 bills President Sirleaf submitted to the National Legislature for passage in a short period of time.He said before annulling the passage of the bills, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) was consulted and Weah and his partisans conceded that the bills should not hastily be passed because it is they who are to work with them.Bowier said President Sirleaf, being a veteran politician who has had 12 years of experience in the presidency may want to control Weah from the background as Barclay attempted, but may find it difficult because Weah is observed to be very decisive.“Though he may not be a public speaker, I observe that Weah is decisive and can make decisions that he stands by.  So no one must take him and his coalition for granted,” he added.In his suggestion as to what may be one of the first priorities for the new government, Bowier said the CDC-led Government should give preference to transportation for the people.“You will see that every morning and evening in this place people line up along the boulevard and other places to board vehicles and can find it difficult.  They have the money to pay, but they hardly board vehicles soon to go to their destinations,” said Bowier.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ACPF, DCI, Hold Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this Week

first_img“Calls for action to improve access to justice for children in Africa”The Continental Conference on Access to Justice for Children in Africa — organized by the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and the Defense for Children International (DCI) — is expected to hold a two-day conference scheduled for May 8-10 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference is aimed at calling for action to improve access to justice for children in Africa.The conference will discuss and explore ways to ensure that children in Africa – especially the most vulnerable – get access to justice and are treated fairly and decently by the justice system. A new report from ACPF — to be launched at the conference — reveals many African countries lack specialized child justice systems.“It is concerning that in 2018 children in Africa are still being let down by our justice systems,” said Dr. Assefa Bequele, ACPF’s Executive Director. “All too often across Africa, children in need of protection or seeking to redeem their rights face immense challenges, not only in accessing justice systems, but also in getting effective remedies through these systems.”Children’s rights campaigners and defenders estimate that thousands of children are held in prisons across the continent at any one time, with many more deprived of their liberty in detention centers, rehabilitation units or other such institutions.According to the report, girls, children with disabilities, children living on the streets and trafficked children are some of the most vulnerable groups of children within the justice system. They suffer discrimination and are often denied access to justice.“The end result is that children fall back on systems that are closer, familiar and more accessible to them, which do not always deliver justice in their best interests,” said Dr Nkatha Murungi, the Head of ACPF’s Children and the Law Program .“The widespread use of informal (traditional, religious and administrative) justice systems creates significant challenges in ensuring the protection of the best interests of children and their access to justice.” Dr Murungi called on African governments to ensure that these informal justice systems respect and apply the same international standards of children’s rights as the formal justice systems.Without access to justice, it is difficult for children to enjoy their rights. “Despite the progress recorded in recent years, we still have some way to go,” said Alex Kamarotos, DCI’s Executive Director. “We need urgent action to protect children, especially addressing basic issues such as bringing an end to the detention of children.Detention is especially damaging for children’s physical and mental health and should be applied only as a last resort, and for the shortest possible time. Alternatives to the deprivation of liberty do exist and can be implemented, if there is political will.”Addressing African governments, Dr Assefa said “We cannot wait for tomorrow. We have to urgently implement existing laws and policies. We must ensure that the needs of vulnerable groups of children in access to justice are addressed and that traditional and religious systems deliver justice that protects all children. We have to act now. The future of our continent is dependent on the full realization of the rights and well-being of our children today.”The Continental Conference on Access to Justice for Children is jointly organized by ACPF and DCI and is being held at the United National Conference Centre (UNCC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8-10 May 2018.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hospital construction progressing on schedule

first_imgDespite a minor setback, construction is running smoothly at the new Fort St. John Hospital and Residential care site.According to Northern Health, construction is on schedule and within budget, with all design requirements now complete.- Advertisement -Project Director Tom Sparrow says that despite certain challenges created by the area’s northern climate, the project partners are pleased with the progress made so far.Sparrow says that the next step involves the transition of all staff and equipment into the new facility. Plans are also being considered for moving patients and long-term care residents from the current hospital to the new site.Construction workers experienced a slight setback Wednesday, after a fire started at the site early this morning. Northern Health Spokesperson Eryn Collins says the damage was minimal and authorities are not aware of any significant damage or setbacks to the project.Service is scheduled to begin at the new hospital and care centre in the summer of 2012. Advertisementlast_img read more

Ahmad wants Europe to back Morocco World Cup bid

first_imgMorocco is a two-horse race against a rival united bid from the USA, Canada, and Mexico. The decisive vote will take place at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on June 13, one day ahead of the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.In a wide-ranging discussion, Ahmad, who replaced long-serving Issa Hayatou as head of CAF in March 2017, spoke of the importance of Africa’s bid to host the World Cup for only the second time, as well as significant changes that will shake up next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).He said Africa and CAF stood solidly behind Morocco’s bid to organise the 2026 World Cup, which will come 16 years after South Africa staged the tournament.“Being in Africa while this is happening, standing ahead of this objective (the World Cup) I think that Africans, whether francophone or anglophone… it’s in the continent’s interest,” he said.“The World Cup has an enormous impact for Africa. Why? Because it inspires hope for many young Africans.”Ahmad said he was working to win backing from European nations for Morocco’s candidacy, saying that any support would be reciprocal.He added that a Moroccan World Cup would offer significant advantages to Europe.“Time zones, distance, fans, they are all of interest to Europe,” as opposed to the united North American bid.“Visa also: Europeans don’t need a visa to come to Morocco. For all of that, we think that Europe should vote for Morocco.”– Shake up –Last week the head of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, promised French backing, praising Morocco’s development and saying Africa deserved another World Cup given the quantity of talented players emerging from the continent.Ahmad said CAF was supporting the five African teams who have qualified to take part in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, offering them financial and material support.“We were part of the preparation, we can say that it was with a modest sum of money, but these are our means,” he said. “We contributed as much as $500,000 (about 407,000 euro) per team.”Looking ahead to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), he said that the host nation Cameroon is expected to overcome problems with preparations, including delays on building work on stadiums. He said an official report on the issues was being drawn up.“But we have always said that seeing the will of the president (Paul Biya), everyone is going to get on with it and go ahead.“So far, I believe that is what will materialise. How do I not believe in a head of state. Where politics goes, all must follow.”For the first time, the 2019 CAN will be expanded from 16 teams to 24 and will be held in the northern hemisphere summer, rather than in the winter.“That’s what people want,” said Ahmad, referring to the 24-team draw and the summer kick-off.“For me, I have a management principle: if I’m elected it is to respond to the expectations of the stakeholders, be it the federations, the players, the coaches.“To be in harmony with their mandate, you have to satisfy people at your base. And I think it’s justified, legitimate because there are some countries emerging in the football world that are about to shake up the established nations of African football.”He said that the switch to summer was not fixed in stone and could be adapted for future tournaments.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad spoke to AFP at his office in Cairo © AFP / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Apr 23 – The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has urged Europe to back Morocco’s drive to host the 2026 World Cup, in return for African support for a future European bid.In an exclusive interview with AFP, Ahmad Ahmad, the Confederation of African Football president, appealed to European self-interest, saying: “Vote for us and we’ll vote for you next time.”last_img read more

Delight as The Shandon named as Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year

first_imgThe success of The Shandon Hotel and Spa has been incredible since it officially re-opened under new management. The spectacular Spa facility at The Shandon re-opened last August, and recently celebrated its first birthday.The Hotel officially re-opened in March of this year, and has already hosted its first wedding, and is earning rave reviews for its amazing food. With the stunning Marble Hill beach in the backdrop, The Shandon is one of the most scenic hotels, not only in Donegal, but in the entire country.Today, management at The Shandon received confirmation that it has been named the Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year!Kerry Payne, from The Luxury Travel Guide Awards said, “We are delighted to pay tribute to and commend all those who have excelled in the industry. This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category.“All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving firms and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades and gain a place in our awards winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over half a million professional & affluent people around the world. Manager of The Shandon Hotel, Carolynne Harrison told Donegal Daily, “The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement, that we’re extremely proud of.“To win an International Luxury Travel award is just fantastic, and it’s a testament to all the hard work of all the staff and everybody associated with the Hotel and Spa.“It’s also great exposure for Donegal Tourism as a whole, and the Wild Atlantic Way!!”Delight as The Shandon named as Luxury Hotel and Spa of the Year was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessDelightFeaturesLuxury HotelnewsThe Shandon Hotel and SpaTravel Awardlast_img read more